The annual fireworks show at Lake Estes is a long-standing tradition that is enjoyed by many people. The Estes Valley Fire Protection District invites everyone to enjoy the fireworks at public display conducted by professionals and asks that no one to use any fireworks at home or at the local parks.

Although some fireworks may be legal in our state, make sure you use them safely. If you choose to use legal fireworks this year, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District offers the following safety recommendations:

• Never allow young children to handle fireworks

• Don’t use fireworks around combustible vegetation

• Older children should use them only under close adult supervision

• Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol

• Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear

• Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands

• Never light them indoors

• Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person

• Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting

Remember, it’s illegal to set off fireworks within public parks without a permit. Any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is illegal throughout Colorado. This means no bottle-rockets, Roman candles, mortars, M-80’s, M-100’s, helicopters or cherry bombs. Permissible fireworks (in areas that allow them) include ground spinners, smoke bombs, sparklers, and fountains.

A listing of fireworks laws and regulations can be found at the Department of Fire Protection and Control website

We wish all guests and residents of Estes Valley a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday.

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